Monthly Archives: August 2013

A Day in the (trail) Life…

sgt_pepper_coverWoke up, fell out of bed

Dragged a comb across my head

Found my way downstairs and drank a cup

And looking up, I noticed I was late

Found my coat and grabbed my hat

Made the bus in seconds flat

Found my way upstairs and had a smoke And somebody spoke and I went into a dream

– A Day in the Life, by The Beatles

Yesterday I was driving home on the freeway listening to the Beatles album, Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band. Often while driving I multi-task; paying attention to the task of vehicle operational control, while letting my mind drift and solving many of life’s complex mysteries and problems. Reflecting on the lyrics of A Day in the Life, I started to think about a typical day on the trail.

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The Search for the Holy Grail: Waterproof Breathable Rain Gear

Some thoughts on rain gear…

There is no perfect rain gear. 

What works for me may not work for others. Of utmost importance is the fact that each of us have a different physiology, hike at different speeds; and each trip varies in weather, temperature, and terrain. Each of these variables contribute different kinds of rain gear solutions. Like so much other backpacking gear, the hiker will need to learn from experience what works best for them. You won’t learn it here, or anywhere on the Internet, or in a book.

So I decided to share what I have learned over the years — what has worked and what has not worked. Your experience may be different.

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Lightweight Backpacking: The Way, and the Truth, and the Life

MAYBE WE SHOULD MIND OUR OWN BUSINESS

There are quite a few things in life that irritate me. The top of my list includes:

  • religious people who knock on my door telling me I will burn in Hell if I don’t accept their religion
  • Prius owners who accost me in gas stations and condemn me for damaging the planet with my SUV
  • petition gatherers who want to deny property rights
  • New York Mayor Bloomberg who thinks I am too stupid to take care of myself because I like to drink Venti Frappacinios
  • politicians who want to pass all sorts of laws and ordinances because they think the populace doesn’t know what is best for them
  • and lightweight backpackers who evangelize to other backpackers they meet on the trail that their pack is too heavy.

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